BBC Three has acquired the UK rights for comedy series Shrill from Warner Bros. Television.
The six-part series will become available on BBC iPlayer from the 15th December.
Executive produced by Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, Shrill stars Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.
Changing her life won’t be easy though.
As Annie tries to start her career in journalism, she is also dealing with bad boyfriends, a sick parent and a perfectionist boss.
After she finally gets to write her first article and starts asking for more from the people in her life, she hits a setback when an internet troll tries to drag her self-esteem down. However, this ultimately leads to Annie finding and promoting body positivity and writing about exactly what it’s like to be a larger woman in the world today.
Annie’s best friend and roommate Fran (Lolly Adefope, Ghosts) offers a helping hand, as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants from life.
The series also stars Luka Jones as Ryan, Ian Owens as Amadi, John Cameron Mitchell as Gabe and Patti Harrison as Ruthie.
Sue Deeks, head of BBC programme acquisition, commented: “Annie is such a relatable and engaging character, I am sure that BBC Three viewers will enjoy watching her navigate her way through life with warmth, humour and increasing confidence."
Following its success in the US, Shrill has been commissioned for a second series.